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VK7 Amateur Radio News 09Jan22
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FOR SUNDAY 9th January 2022


Welcome to the VK7 Amateur Radio News for the 9th January 2022. At the mike of VK7WI this week is Justin VK7TW.

This broadcast goes out on repeaters all over VK7 and on digital radio - DMR Talk Group 5 and D-Star Reflector 91C by VK3PG and VK3KYY.

We go out on medium and high frequency courtesy of the following rebroadcast stations:

On 1.862 MHz by Graham VK7GS

On 3.670 MHz by Ross, VK7ALH

On 7.140 MHz by Garry, VK7JGD

On 14.130 MHz by Dale, VK7JDG and 

On 28.525 MHz by Tony, VK7VKT

We also go out on UHF CB Channel 15 thanks to Mark VK7FMAC in the Hobart area.

You can hear this broadcast again on Tuesday night at 8:00pm on repeaters VK7RAA in Northern VK7 and VK7RTC in Southern VK7.

Contest News
Ross Hull 2022
The first contest in the WIA Contest calendar is the Ross Hull Memorial VHF and Above Contest that runs for all of January 2022 starting 00:00UTC on 1  January 2022 and running through to 23:59UTC on 31 January 2022.

The contest was established in 1950 to honour the memory of the late Ross A. Hull and his pioneering achievements in the study of tropospheric propagation and the development of new equipment techniques for the higher bands.

Entrants may operate on every contest day, but the final score is based on the best seven days nominated by the entrant.

For amateurs with limited operating time, there is also a "Best 2 Days" section.

Each contact scores one point for each 100 km of distance worked. This score is then multiplied by the band multiplier. The total score is the sum of the scores on all bands.

Note on Calculating Distances

You will need to exchange 6 digit Maidenhead locators to get an accurate distance measurement. You can also calculate distances from six-digit Maidenhead locators. Using your favourite maidenhead application.

For more information about maidenheads and the full contest rules take a look at the WIA website.
Contest News
Summer VHF/UHF and Above Field Day

Well once again its Summertime and we all know that means DX on the VHF, UHF bands and above AND time for the WIA Summer Field Day. This year it will be held from 0101 UTC Saturday 15 through 0059 UTC Sunday 16 January (0401 / 0359 in VK6). The reason for the 1 minute less is a gesture of remembrance for Mike Subocz, VK3AVV who passed away recently. Vale VK3AVV.

There are many different sections to enter and there is a small quirk that the multiplier for 6M is greater than 2M so lets hope the bands do their bit for us and the DX is plentiful and long in path.

You can operate for 24 Hours or 8 Hours, you can operate on all bands above 50 MHz, you can operate on 4 bands , or 1 band if you wish. You dont even need to go portable but it can be a heap of fun if the weather is kind. To log your contest contacts you will need a logging program, and you will need to know your current 6 digit maidenhead locator. There are many logging programs about, the author and many others have made use in the past of VKCL. You can interface your CAT enabled radio to VKCL and this will allow the frequency and mode to be read and logged automatically, this can help eliminate entry errors.

There will be a few locals heading out so why not jump on the bands and hand out a few numbers. It doesnt take long and is  a great way to get some activity happening.

The usual call channels will be used locally. Listen out on 52.525 FM and 50.150 SSB also keep an ear on the call frequency of 50.110 but please QSY quickly to keep the call frequency clear. 2M activity will be 146.500 FM, 70cm activity on 439.000, 23cm activity on our net frequency of 1296.150, and 2403.150, 3398.150 and 10368.150.

A great opportunity exists on Sunday morning after the broadcast for many contacts to take place on many bands, our very popular 23cm net on 1296.150 and our growing net on 9cm on 3398.150, so why allow a little extra time and rack up a few contacts on Sunday morning ? There are also all the other “usual” bands to be used so the possibility exists for many contacts.

Your log entries from this contest can be integrated and used as part of the month long Ross Hull Memorial contest that runs for the whole month of January.

Why not give it a go, its the time when the stations you can work can be astounding if you are ready, so “Are you ready?”

As always with contests, please, please, PLEASE submit your log.

See you in the log

73, Richard, VK7ZBX

North West Tasmania Amateur Radio Club
NWTARC Annual General meeting

The first Annual General Meeting of NWTARC will take place at 1.30pm on Saturday 5th February 2022 at our usual venue, the Scout Hall, 73 Alexander Road, Ulverstone.

The ordinary business of an annual general meeting will be:

    To confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting.

    To receive from the committee, auditor and other persons acting on behalf of the Association, reports on the transactions of the Association during the last preceding financial year of the Association.

    To elect the officers of the Association and the ordinary committee members.

    To appoint the auditor and determine his or her remuneration.

    To determine the remuneration of employees and other persons acting on behalf of the Association.

    To appoint the Public Officer either from the committee or general membership.

All current office holder, committee, auditor and the Public Officer positions fall vacant at the AGM.

Nominations for each office bearer and the Committee members are invited, and should be made in writing to the Secretary, and delivered to the Secretary, at least 10 days before the day on which the annual general meeting is to be held.

The nomination is to be on the NWTARC nomination form, along with the signatures of the Nominator, Seconder and that of the member nominated.

Nomination forms are available from the Secretary.

Members will need to have paid their 2022 membership subscription before the meeting commences at 1.30pm to be able to vote at the Annual General meeting. They will also need to have paid their 2022 membership before they can be nominated or nominate or second someone for office, as only financial members can nominate or be nominated

The AGM will be followed by the February General meeting, 

after which afternoon tea will also be held. Members are encouraged to bring items for show & tell, and club rooms are open till 6pm for members to socialise. 

A small plate of afternoon tea that has been commercially produced would be appreciated, we have single packaged tea, coffee and sugar and disposable cups for members and guests. Visitors are most welcome to attend. And dont forget to use the QR code check-in on entry.

If you have any cold or flu symptoms, or are unwell, or been in contact with a confirmed COVID case, then please do not attend the meeting.

Please note the new meeting start time from now 1.30pm

73, Eric VK7EV, News Officer


The Summits On The Air/World Wide Flora and Fauna parks group is now meeting twice weekly – Mondays and Fridays 10.30AM till 12.00 at the Glebe Gardens Cafe, Henry Street, Launceston. 

For more information contact Al on 0417 354 410.

73, Al, VK7AN

Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club Incorporated

Club has reopened. – The clubrooms re-opened for the year on Friday 7th January. The first coffee morning of 2022 was attended by 10 members, a relatively slow start but we know some are still away on holiday and I suspect many others have decided to remain at home due to the rapid increase in community transmitted cases of the Omicron COVID version. Nonetheless, it was a very enjoyable morning had by all that attended, catching up after the annual break and the reduced numbers certainly meant there was no shortage of food. 

So, the regular weekly coffee sessions are therefore again up and running. We hope to see you there on a Friday morning, from 10.00 am running through to around midday – but longer if members want to linger. 

We followed up the resumption of coffee mornings with the first General meeting of 2022, held yesterday Saturday 8th. As this news segment must be written up on Friday nights, I will have to provide all with a report on that meeting next Sunday morning. 

2022 Membership fees – the Treasurer thanks all the members who have paid their renewals but would appreciate if they could also fill-in the renewal form at our NTARC website so he can update our records and start compiling a members shared contact register. Access to the website and the instructions were emailed out last year.

If you havent received this letter please email the with your correct details.  

To all those members who have not yet paid their 2022 subs, a reminder that you officially became listed as unfinancial on the register on the 1st January. If you are in that boat, then this might be an appropriate time to remedy that situation. In case you have forgotten, NTARCs 2022 membership fees are $40.00 for a Full voting member and $5 additional for each Family member that the voting member wishes to add to his or her primary membership.

Item of interest - Congratulations go to Peter VK7KPC who has now received his very nice WIA award for gaining Third Place in the Single Operator QRP Mixed section of the 2021 Remembrance Day Contest. Peter scored a very creditable 40 points, not at all bad for QRP.


Club Tech night – Wednesday 12th January. Held at the NTARC Club rooms, 19:30 hours until whenever. 

TestNet and TECHNET – Wednesday 19th January. TestNet/CW course on 3580 from 7pm till 7.30pm….and a TECHNET on 3567 from 7.30pm till about 8.30pm. Your host for the evening will again be Nic VK7WW. 


Annual General meeting – the Annual General Meeting of NTARC will take place on Wednesday 9th February 2022 at the NTARC Club Rooms, Rocherlea Scout Hall, Archer Street Rocherlea commencing at 19:30 hours (7.30 pm). 

Business at the AGM will consist of confirmation of the Minutes of the 2021 AGM, then reception and consideration of reports from the Committee, including the Treasurers report and reports from our various managers and coordinators. This will be followed by the election of officer bearers and committee person for 2022. The meeting will then consider any item of special business for which the requisite notice has been received by the closing date of Friday 4th February. 

All current office holder and committee positions fall vacant at the AGM. Nominations for each office bearer and the Committee member are invited and should be made in writing to the Secretary, along with the signatures of the Nominator, Seconder and that of the member nominated. Appointments will also be required to the positions of Internal Auditor and Public Officer. 

Please note that for your convenience a nomination form has been available from the NTARC club room from Friday 7th January 2022, our first day of opening for the coming year, with nominations closing off at COB Friday 4th February. 

Members are reminded that they will need to have paid their 2022 renewal subscription before the meeting commences at 19:30 hours (7.30 pm) to be able to vote at the Annual General meeting. Similarly, they will need to have paid their 2022 subscription before they can be nominated or nominate or second someone for office, as only financial members can exercise those privileges. 

The AGM will be followed by the February General meeting.

It would be appreciated if all the NTARC Coordinators could start to think about their yearly report. Thank you to those that have already forwarded their report, it is very much appreciated. Just a subtle hint here to our Education, JOTA and Repeater Coordinators it would be greatly appreciated if you could put fingers to the keyboard and forward your report as soon as possible to the Secretary. Please also remember that your report needs to cover the reporting period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, nothing prior or since.

The February AGM will be held in the main hall due to it being a larger and more open area, better able to accommodate the required spacing. Entrance on the night will be by the main hall door, please remember to QR code in and sign the meeting register. Hand sanitizer will be provided and masks must be worn during the meeting. 

COFFEE MORNINGS – now again being held every Friday in the NTARC Club rooms. Catch up time is from 10.00 am to noon and we look forward to seeing you all there.

These coffee events represent a good opportunity to collect your QSL cards. We currently have cards awaiting collection, so why not pop in and check the QSL box and join us for a cuppa and chat.

Just a friendly reminder, please demonstrate your appreciation of all the effort that goes into operating the club, its facilities and the other services we provide, especially in these abnormal and very trying times, enjoying the company, coffee, biscuits and cake, by leaving a gold coin or two, or even a small bank note, in the jar to assist in our on-going operations. 

Again a reminder that masks be worn at these sessions but you will be able to remove your mask whilst eating and drinking but need to be put back on when finished. A sign has been placed on the screen door reminding all of this requirement.

FINALLY – A reminder to all members that if you have any items of news you would like added to our weekly roundup, no matter how trivial, then please email me at the following address news(at) all items to be received no later than 17:00 on the Friday prior to the Broadcast.

Your continued cooperation in this regard will be greatly appreciated.

We will bring you all such contributions next Sunday morning.

73, Yvonne VK7FYMX, Secretary NTARC Inc

Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania
REAST Open Day

Do you have an interest in electronics, radio or technology?

Come learn and have fun!

The Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania (REAST) will be holding (hopefully!!) a public open day on Sunday January 30th 2021 from 11am to 3pm up at the top of the Queens Domain.

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones.

It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

There will be lots going on in and around the REAST clubrooms and we will have lots of different activities for everyone!

Learn how to become a radio amateur - REAST runs regular courses up on the Queens Domain.

We'll have displays from:

    Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association Amateur Radio Contests

    WICEN TAS South - Emergency / Portable Community Communications

    Microwave & Moonbounce

    ADSB/Aircraft Tracking

    Outdoor Summits and Silos on the Air

    Optical and Morse Code Communications

    Digital Amateur Television

    Amateur Radio Training and Assessments

    Tasmanian Maritime Radio museum and operation

    And much more!

There will be many other general displays and interesting and fascinating things that amateurs get up to as well as a Sausage Sizzle (with onion!), coffee and cake available on the day.

Who could pass up an opportunity such as that!

Please share this event with your friends, family and anyone who would be interested in learning about all things electronic, technology or radio!

The day runs from 11:00am to 3:00pm up at the Queens Domain Clubrooms

See you there.

73, REAST Committee

Training and Assessments

REASTs next Foundation Licence course and all licence assessment day is on Saturday the 22nd January 2022 from 9am to 3pm.

If you are thinking of coming along then please let Reg Emmett VK7KK REAST Learning Organiser know ASAP that you will be coming along by phoning 0417 391 607 or email assessor(at)

Check out the REAST Foundation Licence Training Videos that can be found on the REAST YouTube Training and Assessment playlist.

Checkout the REAST Facebook page events for further details.

73, Reg, VK7KK

DATV Experimenter's Night

Our DATV Experimenters Nights continue throughout January on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm and now for a summary of what we covered in the first DATV night for 2022.

This night was a New Year celebration and we started with who is the Sexiest Ham on YouTube and congrats to Hayden VK7HH from Ham Radio DX after a recent poll was held - #HamSexy!

We then had a discussion on the ISS SSTV images & Certificates with Justin VK7TW and Steve VK7OO.

There was a quick review of the recent 6m openings and a look at the Hepburn charts.

There was a shout out to Tony VK7VKT and Clayton VK7ZCR who providing the streaming of the 4MHz and VHF channels for a well known yachting magazine for the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. They even managed to get onto the media boat when the line honours boats came in!

We then had a progress report on the deployment of the James Webb Telescope using the fantastic website about the deployment.

There was a quick review of last weeks 3.4GHz testing after the 23cm QSO party.

We then took a look at 5.7GHz operation using high powered AV Senders & 400mm dishes. This involves a Cheap and Cheerful - 1 Watt AV Transmitter / Receivers that outputs within the Amateur Bands (except one!) and it includes a ex-Telco 5.7GHz 400mm dishes and feeds.

We finished with a reminder of the future contests and events.

73 and Happy New Year from the DATV Experimenters Group.

We are operating through-out the holiday period and next week we have some more interesting tests you can do on your Coax with the NanoVNA, more 5.7GHz and 3.4GHz experiments and much more.

We go out on RF on 445.5MHz DVB-T 7MHz Standard Definition. So, if you have a TV, Set-top box or USB DTV Dongle that you can tune and scan 445.5MHz and you can see the Queens Domain, then you have a good chance of receiving the DATV Experimenter's Night Signal. Look out for VK7OTC. We also stream the nights on the REAST YouTube channel.

73, Justin, VK7TW 

DX News

NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N.  Rob, VK2FBBB is QRV as VK2FBBB/VK9 until January 16.  Activity is on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters using SSB, generally in the 0500 to 0900z time frame.  QSL to home call.

Sourced from the ARRL Mailing List

Satellite News
New QO-100 satellite antenna for DP0GVN

On December 29, 2021, our new QO-100 SatCom ground station antenna for DP0GVN arrived intact in Antarctica at Neumayer Station III. This should ensure future operations for the upcoming 2022/2023 over-wintering crew.

Securing the operation: Since the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 over-wintering team, radio contacts with Antarctica via the first amateur geostationary radio satellite Qatar-OSCAR 100 / QO-100 (Eshail-2) enjoy the greatest popularity. AMSAT-DL provided the appropriate radio equipment for DP0GVN at Neumayer Station III, covering all costs for setup and provision of the required radio equipment and antenna. While amateur radio operations mostly take place during free time, contacts with schools have also been arranged on a regular basis. Similar to ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), such contacts in Antarctica are also something very special for the students. This will certainly also arouse interest in scientific or technical professions and, last but not least, amateur radio.

During the night of 13/14 August 2021, one of the strongest storms at Neumayer Station III measured average wind speeds of 176 km/h and even more than 207 km/h at peak. This did not remain without consequences and so among other things the satellite antenna for QO-100 was damaged so strongly that with it no more radio operation was possible. DP0GVN via QO-100 so unfortunately QRT until further notice.

AMSAT-DL therefore decided at short notice to build a new antenna and to deliver it in less than 2 months construction time in the middle of October for the ship transport to Antarctica. The antenna has now arrived there safely and was immediately transported from the ship at the ice edge to Neumayer Station III. The next step is to hoist the antenna onto the roof of the station by crane and rewire everything. As the team on site has a huge work program at the moment, it can certainly take a few more days and weeks to get DP0GVN up and running via QO-100. Patience is requested until then, but all stars are aligned for a successful 2022 with DP0GVN !!!

Sourced from the AMSAT News Service thanks to Peter Gulzow, DB2OS, President, AMSAT-DL for the above information

Technology News
BlueFi: bluetooth over WiFi

The following is an abstract from a research paper presented at the SigComm 2021 Conference and was brought to our attention by Tom VK7XT.

Bluetooth and WiFi are the two dominant technologies enabling the communication of mobile and IoT devices. Built with specific design goals and principles, they are vastly different, each using its own hardware and software. Thus, they are not interoperable and require different hardware.

One may, therefore, ask a simple, yet seemingly impossible question: “Can we transmit Bluetooth packets on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) WiFi hardware?” We answer this question positively by designing, implementing and demonstrating a novel system called BlueFi. It can readily run on existing, widely-deployed WiFi devices without modifying NIC firmware/hardware. BlueFi works by reversing the signal processing of WiFi hardware and finds special 802.11n packets that are decodable by unmodified Bluetooth devices. With BlueFi, every 802.11n device can be used simultaneously as a Bluetooth device, which instantly increases the coverage of Bluetooth, thanks to the omnipresence of WiFi devices. BlueFi is particularly useful for WiFi-only devices or environments.

We implement and evaluate BlueFi on devices with widely-adopted WiFi chips. We also construct two prevalent end-to-end apps  Bluetooth beacon and audio  to showcase the practical use of BlueFi. The former allows ordinary APs to send location beacons; the latter enables WiFi chips to stream Bluetooth audio in real time.

Sourced from SigComm 2021 Conference Proceedings and was brought to our attention by Tom VK7XT.

Regular VK7 gatherings and events over the coming months:
Regular gatherings:

SOTA/WWFF Group – Meeting Mondays and Fridays 10.30-12.00 midday at Glebe Gardens Cafe, Henry St, Launceston.

NTARC – Friday coffee session – Rocherlea clubrooms Launceston from 10:00am

NTARC - Club Tech nights – Wednesday 12th January 2022 from 19:30 hours in NTARC Clubrooms. 

NTARC TestNet and TECHNET – Wednesday 19th January. TestNet/CW course on 3580 from 7pm till 7.30pm….and a TECHNET on 3567 from 7.30pm till about 8.30pm.

NW VK7 – Wednesday from 2000 local – NW Tassie Amateur Repeater Group Net on VK7RMD

NW VK7 - Thursday commencing at 09:30 UTC (20:30 local) - N.W. Tassie 2m DX Net 144.190 USB (upper sideband).

REAST – MICROWAVE QSO Party – following after the Sunday broadcast on 1296.15 MHz FM.

REAST – WAGS – Wednesday Afternoon Group meet in the Queens Domain Clubrooms from 12 noon.

REAST – DATV Experimenters Nights from 7:30pm live in the club rooms also on DVBT RF and YouTube Streaming

Sewing Circle Net – Daily on 3.640 MHz commences at 6:00pm AEDST.

NTARC - 8th January 2022 - General Meeting from 2.00pm in the Rocherlea clubrooms with afternoon tea to follow.

REAST - 30th January 2022 - REAST OPEN Day from 11am to 3pm

NWTARC - 5th February 2022 - Annual General Meeting from  1.30pm in the Scout Hall, 73 Alexander Road, Ulverstone.

REAST - 6th February 2022 - Annual General Meeting - Queens Domain Clubrooms from 11am followed by BYO BBQ

NTARC - 9th February 2022 - Annual General Meeting from 7:30pm in the NTARC Club Rooms, Rocherlea Scout Hall, Archer Street Rocherlea


A reminder to those people rostered for next weeks broadcast:

Newsreader: VK7ZIR

Repeaters: REAST, NTARC and in the NW thanks to N W T A R C, West Coast Radio Group, Cradle Coast Radio Amateur Radio Club, VK7AX, and VK7DC

160m: VK7GS

80m: VK7JGD

40m: VK7DG

20m: VK7TPE

10m: VK7VKT


DMR: Talk Group 5 and D-Star: Reflector 91C VK7ZCR


You can hear this broadcast again on Tuesday night at 8:00pm on repeaters VK7RAA in Northern VK7 and VK7RTC in Southern VK7.

A huge thank you to all people and organisations that assisted with this broadcast.


That concludes our VK7 Amateur Radio News Broadcast for this week.

You have been listening to or have just missed VK7WI. Next week the National WIA news can be heard at 0900 followed by the VK7 Amateur Radio News around 0930 hours.

Items for the broadcast can be emailed to vk7arnews(at)

Further information about the broadcast can be found at the VK7 Amateur Radio News Groups.IO Group.

The deadline for items is 21:00 on Friday prior to the Sunday of the broadcast.

VK7WI is now closing but will reopen shortly for callbacks and relay reports. Callbacks will be taken on the frequency to which you are listening. Relay stations will use their own callsigns during the callback.

On behalf of the VK7 Amateur Radio News Team its 73, Stay Safe from Justin, VK7TW.


           (Posted to the packet network courtesy Tony VK7AX)

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